Originally Posted by gogo
The Golden Gate Bridge is considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world, it’s not just a great piece of engineering, it’s a master piece of engineering.
Sydney Harbour bridge is similarily an amazing piece of engineering.
Visit a small local stream and try to imagine building a bridge over it that a 100k plus cars can drive over, when your sitting in the stream after your bridge collapses, think again about the scale of both the Golden Gate Bridge and Sydney Harbour.
In fairness, if you compare the Golden Gate Bridge to the nearby Oakland Bay Bridge, you realise that although it's a very pretty bridge in a pretty location, it's just a simple, large, single span suspension bridge. The Bay Bridge is far more impressive.
The Bay Bridge was built a couple years earlier, currently carries almost a quarter million cars a day, comes in two parts, the bridge from YB Island to Oakland being over 3km long and was the longest cantilever/truss bridge in the world, it has since been replaced by a single-cable bridge which is the widest bridge in the world (and I think the longest single-cable, the one cable holding up all ten lanes is a little over a mile long). The part from YBI to SF (after a 500ft tunnel in the middle of the bridge) is another 3.1km long. Not only did it carry cars on the upper deck, it also carried trains on the lower deck, alongside buses, trucks, and some more cars.
If you're a tourist and want to see a beautiful bridge, look at the golden gate. If you want to check out engineering, go to Oakland. You can even bike from Oakland to YBI.
That said, I'm damned glad I no longer drive over that bridge.